the hill to the roadside.
Hayes, O.S.F., local minister for the
Motherhouse, which is home to 79
sisters, most of them living in retire-
ment or in need of assisted-living or
the time," said Sr. Jean. "The problem
was not walking down the hill to
wave to the buses, but coming back
up. It took some of us two days," she
said with a laugh.
ed an appreciation dinner for the
players and coaches. "It was wonder-
ful," said Sr. Jean. "It's something we
had done all the time in the past, and
it was just a marvelous time to begin
the tradition again."
ty and the fans might not be realized
fully for some time, said Finan.
say it's just starting to sink in," he said
in May, as the school year was draw-
prised us all by winning the A-10
Tournament, and the women were
steady all year. They captured the
hearts of everyone, and, my gosh,
made it to the Sweet 16, which is just
incredible. It's a lot to digest and it's
going to be fun digesting this over
the summer and fall in anticipation of
2003), it was kind of this cathartic
experience. It kind of put that to rest
once and for all," he said.
small school here in our community
can still compete at the highest level
without the big budget and with very
modest trappings is nothing short of
amazing. It's a tribute to the players,
the coaches, the athletic department
and the administration. It really is."
print and electronic publications at
be a fan bus to the game against Notre Dame in
North Carolina, Veno made sure she and her hus-
him, `Carl, this is the opportunity of a lifetime.'"
team buses out of town for their respective tourna-
ment appearances. He said coaches Schmidt and
Crowley weren't the only ones wiping their eyes.
drove down the street. It was just awesome. It
meant so much to us. I can't imagine what it
meant to the players."
Street, to gaze at a pair of giant sneakers hanging
on the wall a memento donated by a regular cus-
tomer, big Bob Lanier.
year brought back a lot of excitement and remem-
brance," he said.
Printing made a huge "Go Bonnies"
sign for a fellow Main Street merchant,
was filling orders from up and down the street, and
from shop owners in neighboring communities as
ernment, gas prices and everything else," she said.
the region may have come on
one of the send-offs when the
team bus rolled past the
Franciscan Sisters of Allegany's
St. Elizabeth Motherhouse on
West State Road. A number of